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by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?
Replies: 56
Views: 7686

Re: Why is Oral Sex Considered Sexual Misconduct?

I have bought the Cabezon book, although haven’t made a lot of headway with it yet. What I notice is that how nearly everyone seems unaware of the sexual revolution. It’s like, it’s happened, and now it’s just the new normal - what it used to be like before then isn’t considered any more. But, befor...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 16
Views: 285

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

Husserl and others talk a lot about intuition as a means of knowing. I'm an admirer of Husserl. But I'm really referring to philosophy in the English-speaking world, I had hardly any exposure to the Continental tradition, nor do I have the motivation to read broadly in it. Where I went to Universit...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 16
Views: 285

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

Ignorance is assuming the existence of things that are not real. Wouldn't a scientist relate to that? Most of the scientifically-inclined philosophers would include karma in the category of things that are not real, or at any rate, don't have any scientific warrant. There couldn't be, as the kind o...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 16
Views: 285

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

And also, Buddhism is a nastika darsana, according to Hinduism, but Buddhism still recognises dharma, which has no equivalent in Western atheism.
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 16
Views: 285

Re: Ignorance of Ignorance

I'm not saying that Eastern teachings are not philosophical. It's just that strictly speaking the term 'philosophy' designates the tradition descending from the Greeks. Darśana and other Sanskrit terms might have an equivalent meaning to 'philosophy' but there are ideas or principles in Buddhist and...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would you do?
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: What would you do?

I would think (and I'm not saying I could do this, or that it would be easy to do it), that the only answer would be to face it. Having nothing to fall back on might be an opportunity. That is what the Tathāgata did on the evening of His Enlightenment. As I say - not being in that situation at this ...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Big messages to deplorables ???
Replies: 139
Views: 3294

Re: Big messages to deplorables ???

Important analysis in Slate today. Double-Decker Narcissism The New York Times’ Wednesday story revealing Donald Trump was fully and meticulously briefed before his inauguration about direct Russian interference in the 2016 election solves the mystery once and for all: Trump simply cannot permit his...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What's the meaning of "life is duhhka"?
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: What's the meaning of "life is duhhka"?

The 'first noble truth' is indeed that of dukkha . But the second, third and fourth show that dukkha has a cause, and also an ending. The cause is explained in terms of tṛ́ṣṇā, thirst or craving (for sensory pleasures, for continued existence, or for ceasing from existing). The ending of dukkha is e...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ignorance of Ignorance
Replies: 16
Views: 285

Ignorance of Ignorance

I have quit posting on PhilosophyForum again - for a while at least. I tend to always gravitate to the spiritual side of philosophy, and in Western culture, that turns out to be mostly Christianised Greek philosophy which is anyway thoroughly out of fashion in the secular West. Of course one can dis...
by Wayfarer
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State
Replies: 68
Views: 1772

Re: Immutable Nature of the Primordial State

Maybe I'm on the right track here? I really don't think it's wise to try and blend or even compare Sean Carroll's knowledge of astrophysics with anything about Buddhism, as such. Sean Carroll is a very knowledgable scientist, but he is generally dismissive of anything that can't be described or und...
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 57
Views: 5235

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

Thank you for the correction.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Quitting smoking
Replies: 19
Views: 309

Re: Quitting smoking

I was with you up to the last sentence. That is a truly poor idea. Anyway - used to smoke, spend years and years ‘giving up’ - nicotine patches and gum. You have to realise that it’s all in your mind. The trick I learned was that the craving to smoke a cigarette lasts about as long as it takes to sm...
by Wayfarer
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 57
Views: 5235

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

Aemilius wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:06 pm
Where do you get that definition from?
here.
smcj wrote:There’s a story where the previous Kalu Rinpoche was told about Plato’s cave...
It seems an obvious analogy to spiritual illumination, although what Plato understood by that, seems very different to the Buddhist understanding.
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Is anyone able to read this script please?
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Is anyone able to read this script please?

I can't, but it might be useful to include a thumbnail of the entire image from which it is taken, for interpretive purposes.
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 93
Views: 3559

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

Thank you for making this post Malcolm.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 750

Re: proclaiming awakening

I’m a bit uncomfortable with the whole idea of ‘attainment’. Actually I borrowed a book from the library once, and although I don’t remember much about it, it had an aphorism in the flyleaf in some strange language, the translation of which was given as ‘the unattainable is attained by non-attainmen...
by Wayfarer
Sat Jul 14, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: proclaiming awakening
Replies: 45
Views: 750

Re: proclaiming awakening

Yet today, it seems that Buddhist teachers of all traditions (I am reasonably familiar with Vipassana and Zen teachers, less so of Tibetan teachers) are reluctant to talk about their attainments or that of their students. This seems counter-productive to me; i.e., why would one engage in a practice...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 384

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

Worth recalling that the very simplest of organisms are worlds more complex than anything in the inorganic realm. The fundamental attribute of any organism is to seek homeostasis - which nothing in inorganic nature does. I believe that anything living is, on that grounds, ontologically distinct fro...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition
Replies: 26
Views: 384

Re: Scientists find primitive organisms possess cognition

The point being that Slime Mould Soup requires the death of beings with consciousness. Of course Chicken Soup requires the death of beings with eyes. So its much worserer. So, would it somehow be morally better if we snuck up on the chicken and got it before it could see us? I had the idea that was...
by Wayfarer
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: On Buddhism and Nominalism
Replies: 57
Views: 5235

Re: On Buddhism and Nominalism

Thanks for the tip. For anyone reading: parikalpita (Sanskrit). The ‘imagined’, one of the three natures (tri-svabhāva) according to Yogācāra philosophy. It denotes the unreal (parikalpita) duality of a perceiving subject and perceived objects that has been projected onto reality by the dependent na...

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